Over 2-1/2 years ago, our now nearly 8 year old son was introduced to the original Tag Reader. This LeapFrog toy contributed greatly to our son's ability to read books two grade levels above his own, so I am hoping it will foster a love for reading in our twin preschoolers as well. Since then, the Tag Reading System has come a long way. LeapFrog has since introduced a 32MB version of the Tag Reader, which has twice as much memory as the original. The Tag has been resized to fit younger readers' hands and now comes with a stand. They have also made Tag Classroom Bundles available to educators. There are also fun educational games, in addition to the Tag books, which teach children about the U.S. map, the World map, spelling, animals, and more. Playing with the new Tag Solar System Adventure Pack has quickly become one of our children's favorite learning activities.
The 32MB Tag Reader is available in 7 different colors to suit your child's personality. This is also useful if you own one Tag for each child, so you can tell them apart. It can hold up to 10 books in its memory, which is so great if you have a child who likes to read several books in one sitting. Our children's favorite books are the various Disney titles, so our children were thrilled to find a Disney sampler book included with the Tag Reader.
I was excited to introduce the Solar System Adventure Pack to our nearly 5 year old twins because they have shown quite a bit of interest in the various planets since they were introduced to the solar system in preschool. What I did not expect was how much their big brother loved this game.
Of course, our nearly 8 year old son is on the upper end of the recommended age for the Solar System Adventure Pack and he did earn the stickers for his trips around the solar system fairly quickly, but he enjoyed every minute of it. He said that the coolest fact he learned was that Saturn's rings are made up of rocks and ice particles. Did you know that?
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Some other cool things about this toy . . .
- The map of the solar system flips over to reveal a game board, which has a spinner that works when tapped with the pen.
- The game can be played with just one person, if desired.
- Even though our oldest son can go through the activities quickly, there are over 40, so he still has yet to do them all.
- The map is over 3ft long and is perfect for 2 or 3 children to sit and learn together.
You can find these and the full line of Tag Reading System products in the LeapFrog Shop. Select Tag products can be found at major toy retailers, such as Toys"R"Us, Amazon.com, Target, Walmart, and more.
Thank you to LeapFrog for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon and for providing additional product for our contest prize.
Good luck in the drawing!